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[skahy-jak] /ˈskaɪˌdʒæk/
verb (used with object)
to hijack (an airliner), especially in order to hold the passengers and plane for ransom or for political reasons.
Origin of skyjack
First recorded in 1965-70; sky + (hi)jack
Related forms
skyjacker, noun
Can be confused
hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack. Unabridged
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(transitive) to commandeer (an aircraft), usually at gunpoint during flight, forcing the pilot to fly somewhere other than to the scheduled destination
Derived Forms
skyjacker, noun
Word Origin
C20: from sky + hijack
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Word Origin and History for skyjack

"to hijack an airplane," 1961, apparently coined in New York "Mirror" headlines, from sky (n.) + second element of hijack (q.v.).

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: the week's third skyjack to Cuba (1968+)


To take control of an aircraft illegally, usually by claiming to have a weapon or a bomb; commit air piracy (1961+)

[modeled on hijack]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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